Changing the Face of STEM

Mills College was founded to provide equal education to women, and we continue to break barriers that impede women, binary students, and people of color from achieving educational access and success. In the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, these groups are underrepresented both in the workforce and in leadership positions. STEM organizations lack the diverse perspectives that spur innovation, and a large percentage of society is excluded from the most in-demand jobs in our economy. At Mills, our goal is to prepare STEM students with a strong academic foundation and the leadership skills that will help them overcome obstacles to their success.

STEM Resources at Mills

Mills STEM Students in Lab

Academic Foundation

Mills provides the ideal environment for students to gain a rigorous undergraduate STEM education in an intimate, inclusive, and supportive community. Students enjoy state-of-the-art scientific resources, a close-knit and engaged student body, and mentoring from faculty scholars and researchers that results in life-changing student/faculty collaborations. At Mills, 30% of Mills students graduate with a STEM degree compared to 6.7% of female undergraduate students from other colleges according to

Mills STEM Students Present Work

Leadership Development

The Russell Women in Science Leadership Program provides undergraduate students with the opportunity to work with and be inspired by female science leaders. At the critical start of their STEM journey, Russell Scholars benefit from a solid STEM education combined with the mentoring and research experience that empowers them to pursue a successful career in the sciences. Students connect with an accomplished roster of female scientists and organize and host the annual Russell Women in Science Lecture Series. It builds their professional network and provides a strong resource for advancement.

Mills Students Doing Field Research

Research Programs

Undergraduate students at Mills have the opportunity to collaborate with their professors and their peers on award-winning research projects. Working in small teams, students learn essential research techniques and perform lab and field experiments in collaboration with faculty researchers. Students also attend and present at national mathematical conferences and even create STEM-related annual events such as Womxn of Color in Computing to build communication and leadership skills. Learn more about our research programs for undergraduate students.

UC Berkeley Mills Collaboration

Innovative Collaborations

Mills is collaborating with the University of California at Berkeley (UCB) to give Mills students the ability to earn both an environmental science degree from Mills and a civil engineering degree from UCB in just five years. In addition, UC Berkeley sophomores can study general biology at Mills to take advantage of our personalized liberal arts and sciences experience. These innovative programs are designed to give STEM students unique learning opportunities that will prepare them well for their futures.

Hellman Science & Math Lab

Summer Prep Program

Our Hellman Science and Math Program was one of the first programs designed to provide foundational learning to undergraduate women in STEM even before their first year of college. During this unique three-week residential program, Hellman Science and Math students become part of a tight-knit cohort of passionate peers gaining critical science and math skills to jumpstart their undergraduate education. The bonds formed through these unique summer classes, labs, and off-campus events continue throughout the students' undergraduate career and beyond.

Mills students at Mozilla headquarters

Career Connections

Mills students have access to an array of career development resources, including special on-campus and off-campus panel discussions and special events with STEM leaders. Through these panels and company tours, students connect with professionals at some of the Bay Area's area's leading STEM organizations and develop valuable connections along the way. Internships and jobs are available through this robust network.

Meet Mills STEM Alumnae.

Engineering Manager
Patricia Legaspi '02

First generation, ultimate engineer

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Yun Miao
Software Engineer
Yun Miao '11

Open mind, open doors

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Environmental Scientist
Emily Dirksen '15

Keeping our environment healthy

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